NS4403: Sociological Issues

NS4403: Sociological Issues

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Module Title Sociological Issues
Module Code NS4403
Module Tutor Demelza Jones
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 30
Level of Study 4
Brief Description

The module provides introductions to sociological concepts and ideas. It is intended as a wide-ranging foundation for sociology students offering an overview of major social, political, cultural and scientific themes. Initially, the module explores the concept of the ‘sociological imagination’ in relation to sociological issues such as, gender, ethnicity and class. The module then progresses to key theoretical perspectives and their application to the modern world.

Indicative Syllabus

C. Wright Mills and the ‘sociological imagination'

Introductions to major concepts, ideas and events that have shaped modern society

An overview of key texts and significant figures in sociology

Early industrialised society and the development of the modern state

The role of Capitalism in modern life

Postmodernism and its challengers

Globalisation and the contemporary world

Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to: 1. Demonstrate a “sociological imagination” when describing aspects of the social world 2. Identify a broad knowledge of key sociological concepts 3. Demonstrate understanding of the ways in which society is constructed, and the historical forces which have helped shape the modern world 4. Describe key social theorists and their contribution to understandings of society

Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 72
Independent Learning Hours: 228
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 50% Assignment: Individual: 2500 words or equivalent
002: 50% Exam: Unseen, Closed Book: 1.50 hours
Special Assessment Requirements None
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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